List of Characters
Duke Senior—An exiled Duke, living in banishment in the Forest of Arden.
Duke Frederick—Duke Senior's brother; usurper of his dukedom.
Amiens—A courtier and singer who attends Duke Senior in exile.
First and Second Lords—Courtiers who attend Duke Senior in exile.
Jaques—A melancholy philosopher who resides with the exiled Duke Senior in the Forest of Arden.
Le Beau—A foppish courtier attending Duke Frederick.
Charles—A wrestler at the court of Duke Frederick.
Oliver—Eldest son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys and heir to his fathers estate.
Jaques de Boys—The middle son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys.
Orlando—Youngestson of the late Sir Rowland de Boys who falls in love with Rosalind.
Adam—A loyal, elderly servant in the household of the late Sir Rowland de Boys who accompanies Orlando to the Forest of Arden.
Dennis—Another servant in the household of the late Sir Rowland de Boys.
Touchstone—A clown at the court of Duke Frederick who accompanies Rosalind and Celia into exile.
Sir Oliver Martext—A clergyman.
Corin—An old shepherd who lives near the Forest of Arden. Silvius-A young, lovelorn shepherd.
William—A simpleminded young man.
Hymen—The god of marriage.
Rosalind—Daughter of the banished Duke Senior who falls in love with Orlando.
Celia—Rosalind's loyal friend and daughter of Duke Frederick.
Audrey—A country wench.
Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Rosalind (ROHZ-eh-lihnd), who is disguised as Ganymede (GAN-eh-meed) in the forest scenes, the daughter of the banished Duke Senior. A witty, self-possessed young woman, she accepts whatever fortune brings, be it love or exile, with gaiety and good sense. She is amused by the ironic situations arising from her disguise as a youth, and she wryly recognizes the humorous aspects of her growing love for Orlando, whose passion she pretends to be curing. Her central place in the lives of her companions is epitomized in the final scene, in which she sorts out the tangled skeins of romance and, with Orlando, joins three other couples before Hymen, the god of marriage.
Orlando (ohr-LAN-doh), the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys, the late ally of Rosalind’s father. Although his elder brother mistreats him and neglects his education, he reveals his gentle birth in his manner and appearance. His love for Rosalind provokes extravagantly romantic gestures, but the deeper feeling of which he is capable is evident in his concern for his faithful old servant Adam, as well as in his fidelity to his sweetheart.
Celia (SEE-lee-uh), Rosalind’s gentle cousin, who refuses to let her depart alone for the Forest of Arden. She, too, is gay and witty, ready to exchange quips with Touchstone and tease Rosalind about her love for Orlando. When she meets Orlando’s brother Oliver, however, she succumbs to Cupid even more rapidly than did her cousin.
Touchstone, Duke Frederick’s clever fool, who accompanies his master’s daughter Celia and Rosalind into the Forest of Arden, much to the amusement of Jaques and to the consternation of the old...
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